From 1920s Harlem to Brooklyn today, Everybody’s Caribbean magazine’s looks at the long history of New York Caribbean Carnival.
By Jared McCallister
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, September 4, 2016, 4:00 AM
It’s been a long road for the New York Caribbean Carnival and the latest edition of Everybody’s Caribbean magazine looks at the event — from its Harlem roots and its Brooklyn rebirth under the West Indian-American Day Association — through the unique perspective of Everybody’s editor and publisher Herman Hall.
Costumed Di’Midas mas band member Kayla Williams dominates the cover of Everybody’s September issue. Hall, who worked with the West Indian-American Day Association in its early stages, has passionately crafted the issue to examine the beginnings of the New York carnival — from the traditional pre-Lenten indoor events in Harlem during the 1920s to its revival and growth in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn carnival pioneers Rufus Gorin and Carlos Lezama, the 1972 carnival journal cover created by masquerade designer Terry Evelyn, an article on early Brooklyn carnival by Wilfred Thomas and Hall’s cover story, “Let’s Make N.Y. Carnival Great Again,” are featured in the magazine.
There are rare photos of the first carnival on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn and gatherings of WIADCA’s members are in the issue, in addition to an article on Caribbean-American voters and the leading presidential candidates — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Everybody’s Caribbean magazine is available in print and digital versions by visiting www.everybodysmag.com/magazines
NY – SUNDAY, SEP 4:
Thousands of Caribbean nationals from the Caribbean, Canada, Europe and across the U.S. are in Brooklyn for one of the largest cultural festivals in the U.S., the annual “West Indian carnival on Labor Day Weekend, where approximately 1.6 million spectators will be on Eastern Parkway to view the carnival-parade on Labor Day Monday beginning at 11am.
The early part of the carnival-parade will be dominated by politicians and trade unions seeking votes since New York State Primary is Tue., Sep. 13th. Moreover, it is a presidential election year. Many politicians will be at the kick-off breakfast on the tennis court under a large tent on Buffalo Ave. The breakfast is by invite only; public officials and sponsors are invited. Hillary Clinton was at the breakfast and carnival parade four times. Politicians attending the breakfast and walking down Eastern parkway are 99.9 percent Democrats. They are the ones the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) invites.
For security reasons, EVERYBODY’S Magazine is not revealing the top personalities who will lead the carnival parade. It is public knowledge Mayor Bill de Blasio and wife will dance down Eastern Parkway and will be at the breakfast.
The J’Ouvert begins at 4am and ends around 8am. The start point is Grand Army Plaza, J’Ouvert then moves Flatbush Ave, then to Empire Blvd. At Empire Blvd. it goes to Nostrand Ave. where it ends at Midwood Street.
The Panorama held on Saturday night was won by D’Radoes; Pan Evolution and Crossfire came 2nd and 3rd respectively.
(PHOTO): The Mighty Sparrow enjoying a dish of Carnival Pealu, Trinidad style, at Charlie’s Records where a free carnival fete is held every Labor Day Saturday.
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The scene at Derrick Noel Calypso Tent on Labor Friday Night, Fri., Sep. 2.